Light, fluffy, and moist citrus doughnuts drizzled with a sweet maple bourbon glaze and ready to enjoy in under an hour! What could be better? Actually, I’m having a hard time deciding if a cakey doughnut for breakfast or the fact that these make it totally socially acceptable to have bourbon for breakfast is the best part. Either way, these orange bourbon glazed doughnuts are kick a$$ (excuse my language, it must be the bourbon talking.)
Truth be told, I’m not the doughnut lover in the family. Brian, on the other hand, we’ll he could take down an entire dozen! But these bad boys, I couldn’t keep my hands off of!
With a splash of OJ and fresh orange zest, these doughnuts have a zesty citrus twist. Bright cheerful flavors blend perfectly with the rich, smooth caramel notes from the bourbon. Trust me, these doughnuts are addicting!
How to make orange bourbon glazed doughnuts
The first thing to note is that these doughnuts are NOT fried! But, don’t worry they’re still heavenly! The base of the doughnut is made from organic flour, but you can make these gluten-free by using gluten-free 1-1 flour as well. To begin, make your vegan buttermilk by combining the oat milk with apple cider vinegar and let it sit for 5-10 minutes or until it begins to separate.
Next, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a bowl.
In a separate bowl mix orange juice, fresh ginger, orange zest, vanilla, and olive oil. Add, the sugar to the wet ingredients.
Start adding in the flour mixture but only combine half. Then add in the vegan butter milk. Finish adding the dry ingredients and stir only until combined. Don’t over stir!
From there, I like to put the batter into a baggie so it’s easier to squeeze into the doughnut pan. However, if you don’t have a pastry bag or baggies, just scoop the batter in with a spoon. Then simply bake it for about 15 minutes and they’re DONE.
What’s the difference between a baked cake doughnut and a fried one?
Well, the obvious answer to this is one is fried. But, there’s more to it! A fried doughnut is traditionally made with yeast and has a doughy, fluffy, bread-like consistency. On the other hand, a baked cake doughnut is more like a mini cupcake baked into a doughnut shape. It’s made without yeast and has a soft and spongy texture.
Making the bourbon glaze
These doughnuts wouldn’t be called orange bourbon glazed doughnuts without the bourbon glaze! The glaze is simple, but dang is it good! All you need is 1 Tbsp of bourbon, I used bullet bourbon, some vegan powdered sugar, and a drizzle of maple! Mix everything together and tadaaa! The easiest boozy glaze you ever did meet.
The best way to store bourbon glazed doughnuts:
Now if somehow you manage to have leftovers, the best way to store these doughnuts is in an airtight container in the fridge! Because they have citrus in them, they doughnut (haha) last as long left out on the counter. When you want to enjoy one, simply take out of the fridge and allow the doughnut to sit at room temperature for 15-20 minutes for the best texture!Print
Light, fluffy, and moist citrus doughnuts drizzled with a sweet maple bourbon glaze. These zesty orange bourbon glazed doughnuts are HIGHLY addicting!
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 1/4 teaspoon powder
- 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 Tbsp. maple syrup
- 2 Tbsp. olive oil or melted coconut oil
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1/4 cup non-dairy milk
- 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- Zest from 1 medium orange
- 1 Tbsp. fresh ginger grated
For bourbon glaze:
- 2 Tbsp. bourbon
- 1 cup natural powdered sugar
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Grease a small doughnut pan.
- Start by combining the milk and apple cider vinegar in a small bowl to create the buttermilk. Set it aside and let sit for 5 minutes.
- In a large bowl combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and mix well.
- Add the vegan buttermilk from step 2, orange juice, maple syrup, vanilla, ginger, sugar, and olive oil to the flour mixture and stir.
- Scoop the batter into a pastry bag and fill each section of a small doughnut pan. Or use a spoon and carefully fill each doughnut mold.
- Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
- Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack to let cool completely.
- Make bourbon glaze by combining powdered sugar with bourbon and whisk.
- Drizzle glaze over cooled doughnuts and enjoy!
* Don’t over stir the batter! The doughnuts will stay light and fluffier if you stir only enough to combine ingredients.
- Calories: 275
Keywords: orange, doughnuts, bourbon, maple, breakfast, vegan